Howdy folks! Wow, a whole week of Camp Nano! Well, it's technically been ten days but camp started midweek and it felt better to have a few more days under my belt before I updated you all on my progress. Check out the vlog below . . .
I think I've done well this week and I'm proud of the 15,000 words I've managed to get down. I know people have done better. I like to kick my 'inner anxiety girl' whilst she's down by keeping track of these people's progress but really, I need to be happy with what I've done. And I am. Promise!
It's been tough to keep motivated all the time. The days I'm at work I struggle to write and so this led to what may or may not be deemed as possible cheating (or I like to think just bending the truth ever so slightly) . . . I talk about this in the vlog and I'll leave that up to you to decide (if you could decide it was perfectly reasonable then that would be great!).
As well as looking after my boy - who's had terrible teething issues this week with his molars coming through - and working, we've also begun packing for our house move. Yeah, I hear you, probably should have thought joining in with camp this July wouldn't be my wisest move ever. Oh well! Challenge already made!
I've been getting more and more beta feedback for book 1 and I cannot tell you how much this has actually been helping me to write book 3. It's been a little tempting to dive back into book 1 as I'm buzzing with energy from the feedback but I need to stay focused. One thing that's come up is that I've been lacking on detail of places and internal thoughts. Personally, I think this stems from my fear of 'telling' the reader and not 'showing' but I've now gone the complete and opposite way and just not given anything. Whoops. I also think I've been really comma friendly which has made some of my sentence structures hard to follow. I used to have a problem with a lack of commas so I've gone comma happy this time! These are probably the two biggest things that are helping to structure book 3 but so far, feedback is quite positive. I have had a couple of American betas who didn't understand phrases like 'tutting', 'whinging' and apparently 'plough' is spelt very differently in America and it totally amused one of my betas. It's been fun.
So, let me know what you think of my progress and the vlog. I'm thinking I might detail what I'm writing a bit more next week and show you more of the actual writing process as well as my commentary - but we'll see.
Have fun this week everybody and if you're also partaking in Camp NaNo - I wish you the best of luck!
> If you're interested, have a look at my vlog on planning and preparing for camp nano!